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Farming

Droving bylaw fight

Cattle being driven to town from the Taranaki back-country. Council asked to ''get out of farmers' hair'' over bylaw proposal that will require permits for the frequent movement of livestock.

Fieldays thinks big

Fieldays The southern hemisphere's biggest agricultural event is hoping for government help to go bigger.

7km whey spill

Police Motorists advised to take care after a 7km whey spill on State Highway 1 near Putaruru.

Council 1080 backing 'toxic'

1080 More than 100 protesters have gathered outside a West Coast council to rally against its backing of a company planning to manufacture 1080 pellets.

Wool farmers to buy yarn mill

Wool scouring A group of wool farmers has proved successful in buying a failed Christchurch yarn mill.

Opinion poll

Is it time for authorities to introduce tougher penalties for poaching?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Related story: Booby traps for poachers cost farmers

A nail in coffin

Jon Morgan So, you don't want a wool levy? I'd be interested to know why.

Housing v farming

The urbanisation of agricultural land is essentially an irreversible process.

New cowsheds create wide divide

Some warning signs

Well placed to handle change

calf Canterbury dairy farms will cope with the elimination of routine inductions despite their large herd sizes.

250 jobs possible

New milk powder dryers at Fonterra's Studholme site will generate hundreds of jobs for South Canterbury.

Now the life-lists

Early-gestation calves huge boost

Appetite still strong for land

The sale of two Canterbury dairy farms is at odds with expectations lower payout forecasts would cut investment appetite.

Approach pays dividends

Mark, left, and Richard Chrystall are farming for future generations. A Taihape farming business is a fusion of the family and the corporate.

Meat exports hit high

NZ meat exports reached record high of $5.3bn in 2013-14, despite the high dollar, with exports up $480m on last season.

Status quo is inefficient

NZ beef shortage lifts prices

Teamwork a key to success

Award-winning farmers closely monitor their soil's needs to avoid harming the environment.

Wool merger should be simpler

Wool scouring A second go at merging the country's biggest wool scourers should be simpler without a receiver involved, an advocate for the deal says.

Job boost on cards

Two major players in New Zealand's wool industry want to merge and expand operations in Timaru.

Low water table worries

Thriving on high-sugar grass

Wool farmers to buy yarn mill

A group of wool farmers has proved successful in buying a failed Christchurch yarn mill.

Arable farmers feel dairy farmers' pain

Maize growers will need a good season to compensate for a drop in maize contract prices this season. Dairy farmers are not the only ones reeling from the recent dairy price drop - dairy support and maize growers are worried too.

Dive bombers to protect vineyards

A vineyard manager who will bring home three rare, ferocious predators is excited but a little overwhelmed.

EU cuts red tape for organic wines

Niche maize at risk?

Plaintiffs delay filing of Psa claim

A group attempting to sue the government over the 2010 PSA outbreak has delayed filing key papers in the High Court for the second time in less than a week.

Droving bylaw fight

Cattle being driven to town from the Taranaki back-country. Council asked to ''get out of farmers' hair'' over bylaw proposal that will require permits for the frequent movement of livestock.

Council 1080 backing 'toxic'

More than 100 protesters have gathered outside a West Coast council to rally against its backing of a company planning to manufacture 1080 pellets.

Fieldays thinks big

LIC appoints new director

Chilean prickly pest threatening farms

Chilean needle grass has embedded itself in farmland between Cheviot and Parnassus.

Build skills for emotional resilience

Doug Avery Suicide is only the visible tip of a great iceberg of depression casting a chill over the New Zealand's mental and economic wellbeing.

Killer disease not unique

Mysterious liver disease killing hundreds of cows was a freak event but not unique according to a veterinary pathologist.

Beet the bolters

Cute and cuddly killers?

There is a way through

Capable, durable, versatile, it, could be said that farmers, are the ultimate DIYers, the, quintessential kiwi blokes.

Live NZ fish heading overseas

Hoki Live fish caught in New Zealand's inshore fisheries could soon be winging or swimming their way to lucrative markets in Australia and Asia.

Aquaculture courses a first

Two new aquaculture qualifications are being launched by Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.

Salmon feedback sought

Live mussel export ban

Social licence vital for aquaculture

New Zealand's $400 million aquaculture industry needs to earn its "social licence" as it looks to grow to a $1 billion sector by 2025.

Loving the lifestyle

Letitia Hamill An ambitious young dairy manager enjoys every day on the job.

Still horsing round at 76

Showing horses is in Thelma Busby's blood.

Life is busy

Silage bale wrap goes pink

Friends united

While many Women's Institutes are struggling for members, one such group in Manawatu is bucking the trend.